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Substance use disorder can happen to anyone — doctors, fisherman, lawyers, teachers

Know the Warning Signs

Some may be good at hiding their substance use disorder, while others might show clear signs of having a problem.

You can play a role in changing, and even saving, a life when you know the warning signs of opioid dependency. Opioids are those drugs that are chemically similar but are partly or synthetic, such as heroin, oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl and hydrocodone.

Physical Warning Signs

  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling tired
  • Sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Slurred speech
  • Has a hard time with coordination
  • Unusual breathing
  • Enhanced alertness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Weightloss

Emotional Warning Signs

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Psychosis (thoughts and emotions are impaired)
  • Not as motivated
  • Excessive anger

Social & Other Warning Signs

  • Avoids being around people
  • Problems with money
  • Job loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Neglecting work or school
  • Change in friends
  • Doctor shopping
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden financial problems

Signs of Withdrawal

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating/Chills
  • Tired
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Shaking
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Angry or upset

Find Local Resources

If you’ve decided you need help, there are places you can turn. Enter your zip code below.

Help is available, free and confidential — Call or Text 211 Today

Help is available, free and confidential — Call or Text 211 Today

When You Call 211

After you CALL 211, select option “6” to access the Opiate Helpline. A Maine-based specialist will refer you to a provider who can help. A specialist will answer your questions to the best of their abilities. You will receive encouragement and support to help you or a loved one.

When you TEXT your zip code to 898-211

After you TEXT your zip code to 898-211, you are automatically connected with a Maine-based specialist. The specialists will text you back asking what services you are looking for and provide you referrals as close to where you live as possible.

Opioid dependency isn’t worth the pain and suffering it comes with. Call 211 now to make a difference in someone’s life.
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